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Elementary

Elementary

Elementary

Elementary

Open Door Days

LA Opera is honored to partner with numerous schools each year to provide an array of performances, programs and services that enrich K-6 education. In-school workshops, assemblies and special demonstration matinee performances both in the community and at our home in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, introduce children to the wonderful stories and stirring music of opera. For many schools, LA Opera's programs have become essential, as public resources and school budgets for arts and culture have dramatically decreased. Each of LA Opera's Elementary School programs supports California Department of Education educational standards in the arts, social studies and the language arts. LA Opera seeks to share a love and knowledge of opera with our youngest community members, and thereby set them on a life-long engagement with and delight in opera and the arts.

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Elementary in-School Opera:

OUR FIVE-WEEK PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY - SPRING 2019

Students will participate in a professional opera experience with sets, lighting and a stage crew provided by LA Opera when they perform for the school alongside our professional artists. Through engaging and lively weekly workshops, students will learn their roles as chorus members in The Prospector by Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks

The Prospector is inspired by Puccini’s opera, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) A lonely Gold Rush prospector is making his way across the desert toward the California gold fields when a pack of coyotes appears, ready to eat the prospector and his mule. The prospector distracts the coyotes by telling them a story and we are transported to a Wild West town. There we learn about the power of love and forgiveness with the help of Minnie, the outlaw Ramirez and Sherriff Rance.

Teachers will find opportunities to integrate this opera into curriculum studies of California history, geography and more.

Just added for 2019! - new and improved STEAM set design add on to this program. For more information call 213-972-3157.

What can students gain?

  • Self discipline and cooperation while working as an ensemble
  • Trust in each other to reach a common goal
  • The ability to follow directions on and off the stage
  • Music fundamentals and basic vocal technique
  • Theater fundamentals and basic staging
  • A working understanding of how to read and follow a libretto
  • The ability to integrate several art disciplines into a well-organized performance
  • The ability to use the vocabulary of opera and theater to describe their experience
  • Focused work in articulation, pronunciation and memorization, while exploring a story connected to the school curriculum

What can teachers gain?

  • An opportunity to support student exposure to and participation in the arts
  • Techniques for incorporating the arts into their classrooms
  • A comprehensive study guide with lesson plans and support materials to integrate this opera into curriculum studies of California history, geography and more

Program Details 

Teacher attendance is required at a preparatory in-service on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. All participating teachers must attend or your spot will be made available to a school on the waiting list. 

  • Students will meet with LA Opera's teaching artists five times (once a week) beginning with Orientation week, January 7-11, 2019, then followed by Music and Staging weeks, January 14- February 8, 2019.
  • All workshops are scheduled for one class period, one day, each week between 9:00am and 3:00pm. One performance day to be scheduled between February 11 and March 1, 2019.
  • Enrollment is open for up to 15 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.
  • Maximum of 70 students per school from the 4th and/or 5th grade. 

Fee: The school participation fee for the Elementary In-School Opera is $1,500. 

Application: CLICK HERE

Deadline: Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year and participation is dependent on availability.

CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Generous support for LA Opera's Elementary In-School Opera
is provided by

Beatrice and Paul F. Bennett
The Binder Foundation
The Boeing Company

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LA Opera is proud to offer fun and interactive recitals geared toward students and families. Each assembly is available for campuses as well as festivals and special events. LA Opera's Community Educators are available for group presentations to further enrich the experience.

Sing Out Loud! 

No experience is necessary to love opera! This 45-minute program features artists from LA Opera performing operatic favorites while introducing  young audiences to the “big ideas”  of opera and the joy of singing stories. Teacher materials are available to further enhance this program. This program is geared for all audiences.

Voices of California

In Voices of California (VoCAL) artists from LA Opera share highlights of California’s rich poetry and music in a 45-minute demonstration performance. California is a state of extraordinary beauty, rooted in its diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures. Poets and composers have endeavored for more than 150 years to capture and reflect that beauty in words and music. Teacher materials and professional development are available to further enhance this program. Teacher materials and professional development focus on fourth and fifth grade California history connections, poetry connections for ELA teachers and general education K-5 teachers, and music connections for music teachers.

Program Details 

Dates: All assemblies are available for booking throughout the school year, based on availability. 
Equipment: A tuned, acoustic piano in the performance area is preferred for all assemblies. LA opera may be able to bring an electric piano if necessary.
Fees: $1,250 for one and $1,500 for two same-day, back-to-back assemblies.
Applications: CLICK HERE to apply for either assembly.
Deadline: Bookings are ongoing, based on availability.

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Elementary Student Matinees in Stern Grand Hall

Give your students the complete opera experience by bringing them to an opera in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, for free! 

2018/19 Season

January 2019 - The Magic Dream
The Magic Dream is a 50-minute, lighthearted introduction to opera, in which a young girl creatively re-imagines Mozart's The Magic Flute. Casting herself as the princess and her friends as the prince, the bird catcher and a hotdog, she dreams her way through this engaging celebration of Mozart's classic opera.

Program Details: The Magic Dream

Dates: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00am and 11:30am
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00am and 11:30am

Required Teacher In-Service:  
Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  

Fee: Free of charge. Transportation is not included. 

Application: CLICK HERE
Teachers can apply to bring a maximum of 45 students and five chaperones by submitting one original lesson plan.

Deadline: Friday, December 21, 2018

May 2019 - German Opera Tales 
Opera always begins with a story and LA Opera celebrates the power of the story and the joy of music through its hugely successful Opera Tales productions. Perfect for the whole family, German Opera Tales features four professional opera singers as the “opera pals” who perform musical moments from such German opera stories as Wagner's Das Rheingold, Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

What can students gain?

  • A playful introduction to opera through an age-appropriate, high quality opera performance
  • An opportunity to practice appropriate behavior, dress and audience etiquette, while visiting one of the most important cultural centers in their city

What can teachers gain?

  • What to expect at the opera house and opera etiquette
  • A short history of opera
  • A synopsis of the opera, artist bios and an opera timeline
  • Opera vocabulary and a description of jobs at the opera house
  • Ideas for integrating opera into the curriculum
  • A classroom visit by one of LA Opera's Community Educators

 

Program Details: German Opera Tales

Dates: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:00am and 11:30am
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:00am and 11:30am

Required Teacher In-Service:  
Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  

Fee: Free of charge. Transportation is not included. 

Application: CLICK HERE
Teachers can apply to bring a maximum of 45 students and five chaperones by submitting one original lesson plan.

Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019

 


Elementary Student Matinees On Tour

In January and February 2019, LA Opera will introduce students to some of the "big ideas" of opera in our production of The Magic Dream. The Magic Dream is a 50-minute, lighthearted introduction to opera, in which a young girl creatively re-imagines Mozart's The Magic Flute. Casting herself as the princess and her friends as the prince, the bird catcher and a hotdog, she dreams her way through this engaging celebration of Mozart's classic opera.

PROGRAM DETAILS
LA Opera provides support materials for students and teachers, and our Community Educators are available to visit classrooms to further enhance this program. Presenting venues are responsible for securing a student audience. Interested presenters must have the appropriate space and equipment.

Fee: Presenting fees vary. Performances are free to students. 

To contact us for more information, please CLICK HERE

Support for Elementary Student Matinees from
Max H. Gluck Foundation
Nesbitt Foundation
California Arts Council
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Open Door Days

Elementary school students, explore the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through an interactive performance in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall followed by a behind- the-scenes tour of the opera house. Open Door Days invites the students to become a part of the story as we celebrate the many performers and audience members who have made the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion such a magical place.

Performances begin at 10:15 and last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 45-minute tour of the Opera House. 

DATES: 

October 11, 2018 at 10:15am
October 15, 2018 at 10:15am
October 17, 2018 at 10:15am
October 19, 2018 at 10:15am

APPLICATION: CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to explore other performance opportunities for elementary students.

For more information about the program please call 213.972.3157.

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